- Paperback: 176 pages
- Publisher: Myriad Editions (19 Oct. 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0995590001
- ISBN-13: 978-0995590007
- Product Dimensions: 21.4 x 1.8 x 13.5 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 65,854 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Big Push: Exposing and Challenging the Persistence of Patriarchy Paperback – 19 Oct 2017
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Cynthia Enloe is quite simply, brilliant! Her insight, analysis and clarity make this book a must read for politicians and staff of the UN. And it is an absolute delight for those of us who thought we knew how power works, but needed to be reminded. Cynthia weaves it all into an intricate and recognisable web. I loved it. -- Madeleine Rees, Women's International League for Peace and Freedom
This is a manual for taking us to the finishing line of gender equality. A jolt of new energy for longstanding feminists and a 'must read' for our new generations. Without understanding the incredible tentacles of patriarchy and its reinventions, we are destined to fight old battles as well as new ones. Cynthia Enloe, a great scholar and source of wisdom, pries open jammed patriarchal doors and nails the continuing reasons for gender inequality. A brilliant critique and a manifesto for our resistance. -- Helena Kennedy, QC
Cynthia Enloe is an adventurer, an intellectual with a light touch and inveterate 'feminist curiosity'; here she is again travelling across time and space - revisiting her own great history as an activist scholar, the landscapes of new and old wars, new and old political settlements, new and old trades in banana and bombs; in all of them she shows how thinking about gender, the renewal of patriarchy and women's resistance, is vital to making sense of the world. It is a joy to travel with her. -- Beatrix Campbell
Cynthia Enloe mixes razor sharp analysis of contemporary patriarchy with profound empathy for women's multiple forms of resistance. Without doubt, she is the pre-eminent global feminist of our age. -- Melissa Benn
Physics has unified field theory; feminism has Cynthia Enloe... she gives us powerful tools for understanding and change. And with her usual alchemy, she makes an entertaining page-turner out of a serious subject. --Sohaila Abdulali
"Providing a refreshingly international perspective... She highlights the vital intersections of racism, sexism and class inequality, and provides the reader with a touchingly frank account of her own slow journey to feminist consciousness." --Emerald Street
About the Author
Cynthia Enloe is a feminist writer and teacher who brings together activism and research cross-nationally. She has investigated women in the global garment, trainer, banking and banana industries, domestic work, diplomacy and militarism. She is the author of 14 books, including most recently, Globalization and Militarism (2016), Bananas, Beaches and Bases (2014) and Seriously! Investigating Crashes and Crises as if Women Mattered (2013). Her work has been translated into French, German, Icelandic, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Spanish, Swedish and Turkish. She regularly publishes in Ms. Magazine and The Village Voice, and appears on National Public Radio, Al Jazeera, C-Span and the BBC. A Research Professor at Clark University in Massachusetts, she has held taught at universities in Guyana, Malaysia, Wales, Tokyo, and Toronto. She has been awarded honorary doctorates by SOAS and the University of Lund, as well as the Howard Zinn Award for Lifetime Achievement.
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I was so wrong about this book.
I didn't expect to get teary-eyed sitting in a restaurant that specializes in feeding huge plates of food to Trump supporters with a country music soundtrack because of the author's insistence of the importance of the Women's Marches. The author perfectly recreated the feeling of needing to be in the vast sea of people to voice your opposition to what was going on in the country.
I didn't expect to have to totally recalibrate my thinking about how I look at world events because I had missed a major plot point. I had read Richard Holbrooke's book about negotiating the Wright-Patterson Accords to end the Bosnian War. I had read Might Be Our Powers by Leymah Gbowee about women's protests outside the peace negotiations for Liberia. What I missed in both was these was asking why women were not included in the peace negotiations from the beginning. Ending armed conflict is traditionally seen as requiring just the armed participants to come to an agreement. That can stop the fighting but it is ignoring the majority of the population who need to live in the rebuilt country afterwards. Even now, women are not seen as participants even if they are the people still on the ground providing assistance to civilians. The author gives examples of conflict resolutions that were seen to be enlightened because they would let women draft a statement that would be read into the proceeding by a male delegate. There could only be one women's statement though so women from all sides of the conflict had to sit down together and draft a consensus statement that might or might not be taken into consideration by the men who hadn't yet been able to reach a consensus. How would the rebuilding of nations look different if women were included from the beginning?
This book will lead you to see more areas for improvement in our world that you may have been blind to before. I was reading this at the same time as I was reading a book that glamorized a war from a patriarchal perspective. Every comment like that in the other book jumped out at me in a way that it may not have before.
This book gives hope for a world that so far has been beyond most of our imaginings. Hopefully, once people start to see what really could be possible we might be able to approach it.